Autism Society’s Safe and Sound Campaign Parent Forum

The Autism Society- Greater Baton Rouge, Inc. is pleased to offer a free parent forum in conjunction with Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) and the Autism Society’s Safe and Sound Campaign. The 2 hour parent forum will focus on issues such as wandering, internet safety, disclosure to local first responder agencies, and tools available to parents to be prepared for emergencies. A discussion of the concerns that parents may have for their children will follow with the presenters.

Throughout our communities, children and adults with autism are living, going to school, working and enjoying recreational activities. Autism Society – Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Inc. strives to improve the lives touched by autism in every aspect throughout the lifespan and to raise awareness and acceptance by promoting education; advocacy; and equal access to services. Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent; approximately 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with Autism.

Presenters will be Captain William Cannata, Jr., and Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe. Captain William Cannata Jr. Retired, has been a member of the fire service for more than 30 years, and is the Program Director of “Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC)”, formed in 2003. He is also the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the “Take Me Home Program”, a database where participants who are unable to speak or properly identify themselves to police officers, register with a photo, physical description and contact information, so first responders can provide special assistance that may be required when contact with a person with autism occurs.

The program will be held Monday, October 23, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Jones Creek Regional Library. Please RSVP to Beryl K. Hebert at or 255-907-5292 by Friday, October 20th.

Book Discussion with Author Faye Philips

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department will host a free book discussion for adults featuring Baton Rouge Cemeteries author Faye Phillips. You can learn about the history of some of Baton Rouge’s oldest cemeteries at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 18.

About the Author and Book

Author and historian Faye Phillips is a former associate dean of libraries at Louisiana State University, and has written several books about Baton Rouge. Phillips’ Baton Rouge Cemeteries is a part of the Images of America book series. It also is one of her more popular works.


Other Baton Rouge history titles include The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens:  A Living History; and, as coauthor, The Golden Band from Tiger Land:  History of the Louisiana State University BandBaton Rouge, another in the Images of America series; and Baton Rouge:  An Illustrated History.  She is the General Editor of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s The History of West Baton Rouge Parish: People, Places, Progress.

Indie Author Day

This Saturday, celebrate self-publishing with Indie Author Day!

If you’ve ever written a book, this is for you, whether you’ve been published or not.  We’ll be streaming some Indie Author Day webinars on writing, publishing, and marketing outside of a traditional publishing house, and we’ve brought in some local authors to talk about their experiences with self-publishing.

Want to write your own book? Check out library resource SELFe! You can electronically publish your completed manuscript and it will be automatically included in our digital indie author resource, Biblioboard. If you haven’t heard of either of those before, come to Indie Author Day to find out more!

Indie Author Day will be held this Saturday, October 14th, at the Main Library on Goodwood. We’ll kick off at 12:30 with the following authors:

  • Cheria Lane
  • Cherie Claire
  • Clare de Lune
  • Emily Cogburn
  • Josen Llave
  • Jahi Mackey

If you’re a local indie author, we’d love to have you! Call 225-231-3750 for more information about Indie Author Day.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

This October, the Public Library Association (PLA) and public libraries nationwide (like EBRPL!) will celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

PLA is doing its part by highlighting cyber security material on, a collection of self-directed, interactive online tutorials developed by the association to help users increase their digital literacy. At, learners can take short, self-directed courses that help them recognize danger and stay safe online. These include:

  • Accounts and Passwords. This course teaches the basics of creating online accounts, including creating secure passwords and keeping accounts secure.
  • Online Scams. This course helps new computer users identify and recognize types of scams, how to avoid getting hurt, and how to report them.
  • Internet Privacy.  This course helps learners understand the level of personal, confidential information we can share on websites and via email, and take control of the information we are constantly sending and receiving.

If you want a little help with one of these classes, or any of the others on Digital Learn, come to the Main Library on Goodwood every other Saturday at 2:00 for Open Lab in the Tech Lab – the next session is next Saturday, October 14th.

EBRPL is one of the pilot libraries for a partnership with Cox Communications to develop enhanced digital literacy training and resources, including Home Broadband, for library patrons and families. In all Cox markets across the company’s 18-state footprint, Cox and the local libraries will collaborate on digital literacy and internet adoption initiatives. Click here to learn more about the PLA/Cox project.

For more information about, call us at 225-231-3750. For more information about the Public Library Association, check out their website!